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How to Become a Non-Invasive Cardiologist: Heart Health Technology

Non-invasive cardiologists are experts in detecting and treating heart disease. They use tests and diagnostic tools to evaluate patients such as electrocardiograms and echocardiograms. The popularity of non-invasive cardiac procedures is generally due to the fact that they are both easier on the patient as well as less expensive than invasive procedures. Non-invasive cardiologists work at the cutting edge of medical technology to help patients who have heart illnesses and injuries.

Non-Invasive Cardiologist Education Degree Requirements

A four-year bachelor’s degree followed by four years of medical school training and at least two years of residency after medical school is required in order to become a non-invasive cardiologist. In addition to a cardiology residency, a physician may need to complete a fellowship (an advanced residency) in order to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to specialize in non-invasive cardiology.

Along with formal cardiology training, non-invasive cardiologists must become licensed physicians by passing the US Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) as well as completing the specific requirements for licensure in the state where they intend to practice.

Cardiovascular physiology, vascular diagnostic procedures, non-invasive equipment and procedures, peripheral vascular studies, and cardiovascular pathophysiology might be topics covered in your training for non-invasive cardiology. In addition to your coursework and residency, excellent attention to detail might be useful for correctly reading the results of tests and making clinical diagnoses. Strong communication skills may be helpful for listening to patient concerns and working with other healthcare professionals. Non-invasive cardiologists usually lead a team of cardiology nurses and cardiology technologists and technicians. Therefore, good leadership skills might be advantageous.

Becoming a Non-Invasive Cardiologist: Career Outlook

Non-invasive cardiologists work in hospitals, private practice or in a group practice. They work full-time and may need to work long or irregular hours on nights, weekends or holidays. Also, they may need to travel between their office and the hospital. Non-invasive cardiologists who work in group practices usually have the most regular hours and have fewer evenings and nights where they are on call. However, they have less of an ability to set their own schedules. As non-invasive cardiologists complete advanced fellowships and gain experience, they might become heads of the cardiology department in a hospital or secure a seat on the governance board of a group practice.

Like other physicians, employment for non-invasive cardiologists is expected to grow faster than average in the coming decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Technological advances that allow for earlier detection of cardiology issues and increased focus on regular cardiac screenings will typically form most of this growth. For all physicians who practice a specialty, the median annual wage was $356,885 in 2010. As the population ages, the need for monitoring of cardiac health will typically increase and spur demand for non-invasive cardiologists. Be part of these specialized physicians by becoming a non-invasive cardiologist.

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